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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: November 03, 2022

Time: 12:00 p.m.

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The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes decisions on applications for subdivisions, mining permits, and legislative policy matters such the General Plan, Specific Plans, and Zoning changes.

The Planning Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month (and as needed).

Roll Call

Commissioner District 1 Carr
Commissioner District 3 Ocana
Commissioner District 4 McCaffery
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer
Commissioner District 2, Chair Reed

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Brian Oh, Division Manager
Tasha Levitt, Secretary
Sita Kuteira, Deputy County Counsel

Disability Accommodation

If you have a disability which requires an accommodation or an alternative format to assist you in observing and commenting on this meeting, please call (707) 565-1935 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.


Available digitally through the link in the Agenda. You can also email or the project planner to request materials.

12:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of Minutes None


Board of Zoning Adjustments/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

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Item No.:



12:05 PM


PLP22-0024; Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan


County of Sonoma


State of California

Cont. from:

October 27, 2022


Brian Oh

Env. Doc:

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), SCH#2022020222


The proposed project (Project) includes creating a Specific Plan to regulate redevelopment of the state-owned Sonoma Developmental Center located in Sonoma Valley at 15000 Arnold Dr., The property encompasses approximately 945 acres, or about 1.5 square miles, which includes a developed Core Campus covering approximately 180 acres, the surrounding approximately 755 acres of contiguous open space, and the 11-acre, non-contiguous Camp Via grounds within Jack London State Historic Park. The Project proposes to reduce the existing developed Core Campus for redevelopment of up to 1,000 units of various housing types and 410,000 square feet of non-residential use (170,000 square feet of new non-residential use and 240,000 square feet of adaptive reuse of existing buildings) to accommodate 940 jobs. Additionally, the Project proposes policies, design guidelines and development standards. Adoption of the Project will require general plan amendments to maps and policies of the Land Use Element and other elements, as well zoning code and map changes.

Recommended Action:

  1. Complete a public hearing for the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report
  2. Approve a resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors certify a Final Environmental Impact Report for the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan, with a statement of overriding considerations and findings of fact pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  3. Approve a resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors adopt general plan amendments to maps and policies of the Land Use Element and other elements to enable the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan, adopt the Specific Plan, and approve zoning code and map changes


15000 Arnold Dr., Eldridge






PF (Public Facilities)


Commissioner McCaffery motioned to continue to a date and time certain on November 4, 2022 at 1:30pm. Seconded by Commissioner Koenigshofer and approved with a 5-0-0 vote.

Appeal Deadline:


Resolution No.:


Commissioner District 1 Carr — Aye
Commissioner District 3 Ocana — Aye
Commissioner District 4 McCaffery — Aye
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer — Aye
Commissioner District 2, Chair Reed — Aye

Ayes: 5
Noes: 0
Absent: 0
Abstain: 0

Permit Sonoma Hearing Waiver Calendar

This calendar serves only to notify the public of hearing waiver projects. The projects listed below are not on the current agenda. During the Sonoma County Shelter in Place order additional accommodations for digital file review of the waiver period are available by contacting the project planner prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.



Planning Commission hearings begin at 1:00 PM and are recorded. Agenda items begin on or after the time stated on the agenda. County staff will give a presentation on the project followed by commissioner questions. A public hearing is then opened and the applicant gives a 10-minute project presentation followed by public comments. The time limit for public comments is at the Chair’s discretion and is typically 3 minutes per speaker. Please state your name for the record when you are called upon. Questions raised by the public may be answered after all public comments are given. The Commission may request staff or the applicant to answer questions, and the applicant is given the opportunity to respond to any public comments. The public hearing is then closed and no further public comments are received. The commissioners discuss the project and make a decision by motion and roll call vote.

Uncontested Calendar

All items listed on the uncontested calendar are considered to be routine. The Chair will open the public hearing on all items simultaneously. If no one from the public addresses the Planning Commission, the hearing will be closed and the items may be acted upon with a single majority vote.

Public Appearances for Non-Agenda Items

Shortly after the hearing begins, the Planning Commission invites public participation regarding the affairs of the County. Any person desiring to speak on any matter which is not scheduled on this agenda may do so. Comments may be limited to three minutes, or as imposed at the discretion of the Chair. Under State Law, matters presented during public appearances cannot be discussed or acted upon by the Planning Commission commissioners.

Public Comment

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via Zoom. The Planning Commission invites interested persons to submit comments which are entered into the permanent record. Written comments received prior to and during the hearing are distributed to the commissioners, staff, and are available to the public via the public copies link in the calendar section of this agenda. Written comments received after the package is made public may be read into the record.

Mail Public Comments:

Address letters to: Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Attn: Planning Agency Secretary, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 and include the project number. Please note, due to the office closure under the Sonoma County Shelter in Place order, Permit Sonoma receives mail once a week leading to longer than usual processing times for mailed in items.

Email Public Comments:

Email comments to: Please provide your name and the project number. It is advised to email comments prior to the hearing date to give commissioners and staff review time.

If you wish to speak on an item which appears on this agenda, please fill out a speaker card and drop it in the box near the staff table. You will be called by the Chair in the order received. Your name, will be announced when it’s your turn to speak (1 public comment is allowed per person). The meetings are recorded and all in person testimony must be given through the microphone. Please state your name upon approaching the microphone. Each person may speak only once and is usually granted 3 minutes. Time limits are at the discretion of the Chair. Questions raised by the public are to be directed to the Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission may ask staff or the applicant to respond to any questions raised during the hearing.

If you wish to comment on a hearing waiver item, submit your comment directly to the assigned planner prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.

Please be respectful of others and the varying points of view. No clapping, booing, or speaking out of turn.

Please be courteous turn off cell phones and pagers while the meeting is in session.